2009 Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting Class

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Coach Cal has been in Lexington for two months and already has built the best college basketball recruiting class for 2009. After two disappointing seasons under former Coach Billy Gillespie that came after two mediocre years (for Kentucky fans) with Tubby Smith, Kentucky fans have been hungry for something to be happy about. The first bit of good news was that star postman Patrick Patterson would return for his junior year instead of making a go at the 2009 NBA draft. The second was the signing of number 2ranked big man Daniel Orton after Coach Cal joined the Wildcats. Since then, Calipari has been busy with building what may just be the best NCAA basketball recruiting class ever with the recent signing of star point guard prospect, John Wall.  With some massaging of his roster still to do, Coach Calipari has become the perfect fit for a Kentucky Wildcat program that has had an identity crisis since the 1996-98 seasons that found the Wildcats win 2 National Championships and play in the NCAA Tournament finals for three consecutive seasons.

Kentucky’s 2009 Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class

#1 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – PG – John Wall

Rivals.com - #1
- #1
Ht: 6′4″
Wt: 185 lbs

#2 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – PF – Demarcus Cousins
Rivals.com - #2
Sout.com – #10
Ht: 6′9″
Wt: 250 lbs

#3 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – PG – Eric Bledsoe
Rivals.com - #23
Sout.com – #30
Ht: 6′1″
Wt: 185 lbs

#4 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – C – Daniel Orton

Rivals.com - #22
Sout.com – #20
Ht: 6′10″
Wt: 260 lbs

#5 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – SG/SF – Jon Hood
Rivals.com - #40
Sout.com – #50
Ht: 6′6″
Wt: 185 lbs

#6 Kentucky Basketball Prospect – SF – Darnell Dodson
Ht: 6′7″
Wt: 215 lbs

2009-10 Projected Starting Lineup for the Kentucky Wildcats

Trying to project the starting lineup for the start of next season is similar to picking the Kentucky Derby winner. I’m putting John Wall as the projected starting point guard, but if Deandre Liggins makes the pending cut for the team next season, he could very well start the season off at the #1 guard position. His style of play is much more suited to the dribble-drive than it was for Coach G’s system…what remains to be seen is if he can control himself from some of the errors he was prone to last season. Also, you can’t count Eric Bledsoe out yet either. If Jodi Meeks does not come back for next season, it wouldn’t be surprising for Coach Cal to surprise everyone and have both John Wall and Bledsoe on the court at the same time in the Dribble Drive. My pick for the 2 guard if Meeks choses to go with the NBA next season is Darius Miller to start the season. Miller has the height that Calipari likes in a guard, and one year of NCAA play under his belt. He’ll have to get over some of the skittishness (is that a word?) that he displayed under Billy G last season, but he did show flashes of greatness at times during the season. For the small forward position, I think its really a toss-up between Perry Stevenson and Darnell Dodson to start out the season. Stevenson too has shown us he can play…its a matter of can he do it every game?? Patterson will likely move out to the Power Forward position from Center to get ready for the NBA and Demarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton will battle it out for the Center position next season. Of course, summer pick-up games and fall practice performance will determine a lot and it will be neat to see how Coach Cal uses his talent next season even if you are not a Kentucky fan.

Projected 2009-10 Kentucky Wildcats Starting Line-Up:

PG: John Wall

SG: Darius Miller

SF: Darnell Dodson

PF: Patrick Patterson

C: Demarcus Cousins
Haven’t seen John Wall play? Here’s a video of him in action from High School.

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